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Monday, January 9, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 1/9/12: Pain Solutions, Artificial Sweeteners, Fight Fatigue, Combat Cellulite

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: January 9, 2012
7 Days, 7 Solutions For Pain

  • Seven solutions for common complaints
  • End the pain cycle in seven days
  • Break the artificial sweetener habit in seven days
  • Increase energy in only seven days
  • Melt cellulite in, much longer than, seven days

Dr. Oz says he can help turn your health around in just 7 short days. It's an offer, he says, you cannot refuse. Today's show is all about solving complaints in just 7 short days: pain, break the artificial sweetener habit, fatigue and cellulite.


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Dr. Oz 7 Days, 7 Solutions For Pain

Dr. Oz Solutions for Muscle Pain
Over 116 million people in the US suffer from chronic pain, that more than diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. Four out of five American's suffer from back pain. Dr. Oz says that 20% of doctors visits are for pain issues.

With pain killer use at epidemic proportions, Dr. Oz is interested in sharing natural ways to relieve pain. From muscles to nerves to skeletal pain, Dr. Oz says he can tackle your pain one layer at a time in only 7 days

Michelle, from the audience, has neck and back pain from sitting all day. Chronic pain removes your vitality and she's interested in relieving her pain.

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 1 - Rx for Lower Back Pain
Dr. Oz demonstrated how muscles seize up using an extendable ladder as a muscle. Minerals allow the muscles to move freely but without the minerals, muscles will spasm then not move properly. He says he is shocked that we let this happen to us when the solution is easy. Dr. Oz recommends taking a combination product with calcium at 600mg, magnesium at 400mg, and potassium at 200mg.

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 2 - RX for Neck Pain
Dr. Oz says explained the three P's that cause neck pain.

First P: Purse
How big is your purse? How heavy is your purse? Dr. Oz described Michelle's purse as ponderously heavy and it weighed in at just over 8 pounds. The normal weight for a purse is 3 to 5 pounds. Carrying so much weight on your shoulder will cause tension and pain in the shoulder, neck and back.

Second P: Pressure
Daily pressures in your life cause tension to be held in the muscles, typically in the neck and back muscles.

Third P: Posture
Improper posture pulls the spine and muscles in directions that they are not used to causing tension and pain. Your pillow could be causing neck pain. If your pillow causes your head to go too far forward or too far back you'll wake up with a pain in the neck. Dr. Oz recommends using the Posture Pillow to provide the perfect support to the head and neck.

[The pillow Dr. Oz featured on the show had a depression in the center and a raised edge which allows for support of the neck without raising the head. Here's a posture pillow on-line to show as an example from This is not the pillow on The Dr. Oz Show but it has a depression in the center similar to that on the show.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Nervous System Pain

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 3 - Rx for Herniated Disks
The bones of the spine are separated by discs. Dr. Oz demonstrated how discs become herniated with the help of a dozen, or so, jelly doughnuts. Discs sit between the bones of the spine and when the spine is compressed the discs – doughnuts – are squished and all the fluid inside – jelly – oozes out coming in contact with the spine and that fluid is inflammatory.

Willow bark contains salicin, the same compound in aspirin. Dr. Oz recommended willow bark as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. He recommends taking 4 to 6 ml three times per day in liquid form.

[The University of Maryland Medical Center's website has a wealth of information on willow bark. Their website recommends in pill form “60 - 240 mg of standardized salicin per day”. Read more:

The site comes with a warning for willow bark:
Because willow bark contains salicin, people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (such as aspirin) should not use willow bark. Some researchers suggest that people with asthma, diabetes, gout, gastritis, hemophilia, and stomach ulcers should also avoid willow bark.]

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 4 – Rx for Sciatica
Compression of the sciatic nerve causes tingling and numbness along the spine, hip, down the leg all the way down to the toe. That compression can be caused from an injury or simple muscle tightening. Dr. Oz recommends sitting on a tennis ball to help loosen the muscles that tighten around the sciatic nerve.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Skeletal System Pain

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 5 - Rx for Joint Pain
Jogging and even walking can cause pain in the knees. Dr. Oz showed a tissue sample of a knee joint. He pulled the joint open to look inside. One side of the joint was smooth and shiny and the other was rough and damage. The rough surface would cause discomfort and joint pain during movement.

Dr. Oz recommends applying topical Arniflora® gel by B&T. He says it will take the soreness and aches out of the equation. [Dr. Oz previously recommended Arniflora® on the October 12, 2011 episode Recharge in 5 Days.]

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 6 - Rx for Foot Pain
The foot contains 26 bones, and multiple tendons, any irritation in the foot is going to be keenly felt.
Dr. Oz recommends using orthotics [shoe inserts] to provide coushining support to the feet while walking, running, or really any movement.

Dr Oz 7-Day Pain Solution: Day 7 - Rx for Headaches
Dr. Oz has three headache remedies for morning, noon, and night.

Morning Headache
Sleep lowers blood pressure and the body raises the blood pressure when we wake. If muscles are stiff then the raise in blood pressure causes a tension headache.

Dr. Oz recommends stretching before getting out of bed. While laying on the back, bring the knees toward the nose, as best as possible, to get the blood flowing in the knees and torso. Next, turn over onto the stomach and do an upward dog to open the core muscles in the back and allow the heart to relax. Dr. Oz says that these stretches will support the blood pressure enough to relieve headaches.

Noon Headache
Headaches in the afternoon are often caused by stress. Stress makes you more sensitive to outside factors. Dr. Oz recommends eating a spicy lunch, with specific spices, to support health inflammation levels and relieve pain.

Ginger – to support healthy inflammation
Turmeric - to support healthy inflammation
Capsaicin – found in red pepper flakes, redirects those messages of pain

Night Time
Accumulated issues from the day can build to a tension headache that manifests in the morning. To prevent morning headaches, Dr. Oz recommends drinking hibiscus tea to support healthy blood pressure levels and help reduce am headaches.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit in 7 Days

Up to 600 times sweeter than sugar, artificial sweeteners are advertised to help lose but weight but they may be doing more harm than good.

[Earlier this season, Dr. Oz talked about how artificial sweeteners could be contributing to weight gain by not satisfying cravings for sweet flavors causing people to eat more food. Read about the test Dr. Oz conducted and how the results support this idea. Eating Habits Making You Fat episode from October 4, 2011.]

Read “Artificial Sweeteners and Other Food Substitutes: Dangerous to Your Health?” on

The average American consumes about 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners each year. These alternative sweeteners may actually trigger cravings.

Dr. Oz says that artificial sweeteners can reset the taste buds causing people to crave more sweet foods to satisfy sugar cravings. He says that it all comes down to how much sweeter artificial sweeteners are then sugar. Saccharin 500 times sweeter than sugar and sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar. Because they are so sweet it may cause a greater craving for sugar.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit: Day 1 - Coffee
Instead of artificial sweeteners, use a natural sugar called stevia South American herb shown to be helpful for diabetes and may be helpful for healthy blood pressure levels. Stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar but doesn't cause such a desensitization to the taste buds.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit: Day 2 - Breakfast
Dr. Oz recommends to get a plain yogurt and add maple syrup. Maple syrup is full of antioxidants and contains less sugar than white sugar.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit: Day 3 - Sugar-Free Candies and Gum
Dr. Oz recommended gummy bears that were made from agave nectar as a sugar-free treat.

[Agave is considered a sugar that does have an impact on blood sugar levels so I don't know why Dr. Oz is calling the treat sugar-free. Agave can be a healthier choice over cane sugar because it's impact on blood sugar levels is less but it's still a sugar. When I think non-artificial sugars in candies and gum I think of xylitol. My kids and I love xylitol mints and gums. Xylitol is a sugar that is processed from corn and doesn't upset blood sugar levels because it doesn't contain sugars. That's more of what I think of in the world of natural and sugar-free.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit: Day 4 - Dessert
Dr. Oz recommends Arctic Zero frozen dessert bars. [Arctic Zero ice cream bars contain only 85 calories per bar with only 5g of sugar and 3g of protein. They contain whey protein and monk fruit concentrate.]

Dr. Oz says to stay away from low-fat froze treats that contain: sorbitol, saccharin, and apsertame.

Dr. Oz Break the Artificial Sweetener Habit: Days 5, 6, 7 - Diet Soda
Dr. Oz wants people to detox from diet soda. Instead of soda he gave two natural drink options that won't burn out the taste buds but are just as satisfying in the flavor and fizzy departments.

Dr. Oz's Natural Root Beer Drink
1 teaspoon agave
1 teaspoon sasparilla
and seltzer water

“Orange-You-Glad-You-Aren't-Dinking-Diet-Soda” Drink
Mix the juice of two oranges with seltzer water for a nutritious and satisfying drink.

Dr. Oz 7 Days to Fight Fatigue

Feel tired all the time? What is cause of our fatigue? The list is long: dietary problems, not enough sleep, not enough exercise. All of these issues lead to an inability to deal with stress. Dr. Oz has a 7-day plan to fight fatigue.

Dr. Oz Fight Fatigue Day 1 – Change Your Diet
Dr. Oz recommends staying away from simple carbohydrates until noon so, have that latte later in the day. He recommends to start the day with eggs and turkey bacon or a protein shake.

Dr. Oz Fight Fatigue Days 2 & 3 – Increase Fiber
To increase fiber intake and up the health factor on snacks, Dr. Oz recommends noshing on dried peas which have no added sugar and no fat. A ¼ cup serving of dried peas contains 3g of fiber and 6g of protein.

Dr. Oz Fight Fatigue Day 4 – Supplements
Dr. Oz recommends getting the proper nutrients with a multivitamin and taking 5-HTP to support a good night's sleep. For many people, fatigue is not about time management but about energy management. Getting proper sleep will support over-all energy.

Dr. Oz Fight Fatigue Day 5 – Hydration
Dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic. Dr. Oz recommends drinking a daily pitcher of his Wake-up Water.

Cook ¾ cup pearled barley in 8 cups of boiling water. Cook according to package directions, then strain out water and barley, saving the water. To the water, add the juice of two lemons for their antioxidants and vitamin C. Add ½ cup of honey for sweetness and nutrients and you have a nutritious and hydrating drink. Save the cooked barley for lunch or dinner.

Dr. Oz Fight Fatigue Days 6 & 7– Improve Physical and Mental Activity
Paradoxically, Dr. Oz says that exercising will fuel your energy levels as well as your mind. He recommends to start with walking for 10 minutes a day. You may think it will make you feel more tired but it won't. He wants people to then work up to one hour of walking per day.

Add to the walking, one-minute of breathing exercises, which can also be done while at your desk working. Take in a deep breath for a count of two, exhale for a count of four. Do this for one minute while walking or while sitting at your desk.

Dr. Oz Combat Cellulite

Lori Brightman, MD, Dermatologist, shared the VelaShape procedure. VelaShape is an in-office dermatological procedure where a hand-held machine is run along areas of cellulite on the body. The machine heats up the fat inside the body and rebuild collagen using infrared and radio frequencies. These energy sources remove waste products and stretch connective tissue so the body will then rebuild the collagen and remove the fat.

Dr. Brightman says the treatment feels like a deep tissue massage, suction and heat and suction and heat and provides a temporary change in the appearance of cellulite. The procedure takes about 30 minutes, is conducted once a week for an average of 4-6 treatments. Each treatment will run $400-$700 and, says Dr. Brightman, it will take about three months to see results that will last for several months. Touch-up treatments are utilized then to maintain the temporary appearance.

Dr. Oz BONUS TIP! Alternative to Artificial Sweetener

Dr. Oz recommended date sugar as an alternative to artificial sweeteners. He says it's natural and won't alter sense of taste. [It's also high in fiber, so start off slow!]

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1 comment:

  1. The program was very difficult to watch because the camera was not on the picture just right and you could not see the people or Dr Oz.